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Old 03-30-2005   #21
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Why is everyone talking about upgrading the S and CB position? We have Glenn, DRob, and Faggins at CB and Coleman and Earl at S. Earl was a rookie last season, give him time. We were 5th in the NFL last season with 22 INT's, and IMO our secondary is one of our strongest parts of the entire team...
I think they're thinking more long term. Earl is going to be good(crossing fingers). Glenn has about two or three years left and Coleman has about the same. DRob and Faggins are money, but you can never have to many DBs.
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Also I forgot about the guy we just signed from the Browns, from what I have heard he is a pretty darn good nickel back.
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I just don't understand why people are so ready to give up on Earl...He played solid last year while still rehabbing his knee injury...He hasn't proven to be a huge difference maker, but he may when he's fully healed...Supposedly he was pretty good in coverage in college (per a few Notre Dame fans I've spoken with) and we all know that he can be an impact player against the run...I think he'll make good strides next year if he gets his speed back and plus he has experience in the system...He has earned the starting nod next year in my book...
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Also I forgot about the guy we just signed from the Browns, from what I have heard he is a pretty darn good nickel back.
I think Lewis Sanders may be doing double duty this year as nickle back and back-up FS, unless Lord makes ungodly (no pun intended) progress...
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Secondary is the LEAST of my worries for the upcoming season...
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Why is everyone talking about upgrading the S and CB position? We have Glenn, DRob, and Faggins at CB and Coleman and Earl at S. Earl was a rookie last season, give him time. We were 5th in the NFL last season with 22 INT's, and IMO our secondary is one of our strongest parts of the entire team...
True. The CB thing comes from Glenn getting older and needing to pick a replacement to learn from him and that top CBs are generally picked in the top 1/2 of the 1st round and after this year we will very likely be picking in the bottom half for a few years to come. The safety thing is some folks not giving Earle time. We will likely need to get Colemans future replacement in next years draft though.
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True. The CB thing comes from Glenn getting older and needing to pick a replacement to learn from him and that top CBs are generally picked in the top 1/2 of the 1st round and after this year we will very likely be picking in the bottom half for a few years to come. The safety thing is some folks not giving Earle time. We will likely need to get Colemans future replacement in next years draft though
I agree we will need replacements in the next few years for Coleman and Glenn, but we still have DRob and just can't see us taking a CB early in this year's draft with the other needs we have, unless a person believes in taking the best player available. And as far as the safety thing, you can pick up a quality safety in later rounds of the draft.
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I hope Glenn Earl pans out but from this point it is too early to tell anything but he hasn't been as bad as Matt Stevens. He has not done anything spectacular to stand out.

It would be nice to have a guy to groom behind A. Glenn and also Coleman.

This year however, Glenn, Coleman, Earl and D. Rob, with Faggins as the nickel, we will be fielding a solid backfield.

Asided from health concerns, I see Glenn Earl as the biggest question mark in the defensive backfield, and under examination of health concerns Mr. Earl is not out of the woods. Jason Simmons is a solid and hard hitting backup.
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let's not forget about the return of Ramon Walker... I don't think spending high picks or a lot of money on SS is generally a good thing to do in the salary cap era... However, especially in a division with Indianapolis, you can never have too many cover guys. Remember, also, that in a 3-4, cornerbacks are expected to be a physical presence in the run game and also rushing the passer. Therefore, they are more prone to injury- making depth even more important.
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I was never really comfortable seeing Walker on the field unless it was special teams duty, but then again, I thought the same thing about Faggins in 2003...I remember the game against New England when he blocked a punt and a kick...Hopefully he's fully healed and can make a good contribution this season...He does seem to be a forgotten man...
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